Marine Science
Scholarship Competition



Presented by the ASA & NAMEPA

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Awarding the Next Generation of Marine Innovators, the Annual Marine Science Scholarship Competition is for High School & Undergraduate Students to submit papers and abstracts toward a chance to earn scholarship funds to further their education and research in this exciting field.


The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) are pleased to announce the return of the Annual Marine Sciences Scholarship Competition. After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the ASA and NAMEPA are relaunching the annual scholarship program which is open to all high school and undergraduate students who have recently demonstrated their passion for the Marine Sciences by participating in a Science or Engineering Fair either individually or in a team (of up to three persons). Winners will earn scholarship funds to further their education and research in this exciting field and will be offered an opportunity to showcase their work in front of maritime industry stakeholders via virtual industry conferences, maritime industry publication(s) and websites.

The competition is intended to highlight the importance of preserving the marine environment through the use of sound environmental practices, raise awareness of the art and science of marine salvage and engineering, and to promote careers within the greater maritime industry and in marine sciences.

All eligible students are invited to submit a project abstract of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing their project which will be reviewed by a technical committee of maritime industry and marine science experts. Each paper is evaluated on a wide range of criteria including: originality, data collection, supporting evidence, and tangibility within the real-world environment.

Papers and abstracts will be accepted from April 1st, 2021 – September 3rd, 2021. Winners will be personally notified before September 30th, 2021 and will be publicly announced in a variety of official marine industry publications and on social media.

Student applications and supporting documents must be submitted online no later than Saturday, September 3rd, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Individual or Group Submissions (of up to three students)
   • High School students must have been enrolled in grade 9 - 12 during the 2020-2021 school year
   • Undergraduate students must have been enrolled full time during the Fall 2020 – Winter 2021 semester
• Project must have been completed during the 2020 – 2021 school year
• Eligible students must currently reside in the United States, and
• Eligible students must have completed their research and studies in the United States
• To be considered, your project should focus on one of the following subject areas:
   • Marine Environmental Care
   • Naval Architecture
   • Marine Engineering
   • Ocean Engineering
   • Meteorology
   • Underwater Robotics
   • Air Emissions from Ships
   • Alternative Fuel Supplies for Ships
   • Oil and Chemical Spill Remediation
   • Offshore Well Control
   • Diving Systems
   • Marine Biology
   • Marine Ecosystems
   • Marine Microorganisms
   • Ship Design
   • Ship Breaking
   • Recovery of Sunken Ships
   • Cargo, Fuel or Pollutants
   • Marine Salvage

Expectation Requirements:

• Abstract of paper 300 words or less
• Technical Paper, no length limitation. Do not submit PowerPoint files of presentations, judges are looking for technical papers that follow proper format and scientific methodology.
• You may submit only the following file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt.
• Refrain from submitting simple research projects. The judges want to see studies and experiments reflecting originality and tangibility in the real-world environment.
• Student must provide supporting evidence which may include but is not limited to photographs, graphs, etc.
• Acknowledgements are encouraged.
• Submission should be clear of grammatical errors.

Scholarship Awards:

• Highschool (1st Place: $500 | 2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $100)
• Undergraduate (1st Place: $500 | 2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $100)
• All prize winners will receive recognition in industry publications, websites and on social media (with the permission of each individual scholarship recipient).
• All prize winners will also receive an invitation to present their award virtually at NAMEPA’s Annual Conference & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 28th, 2021.
• Additional "special recognition" awards may be distributed dependent upon submission and judging selection.

Student Entry Form:

Thank you for your interest. The deadline for submissions in the year 2021 has passed, and the entry form is now closed. For any questions or consideration of late entry use the contacts listed below.

Request for Additional Information:

Contact: Mrs. Rebecca Garcia-Malone with questions. Alternatively, Ms. Lisa Piastuch may also be contacted.